Debunking the “Welfare Queen” Stereotype

January 27, 2011 by

In a recent article entitled “Big Changes Aimed at Welfare” in the (Augusta) Kennebec Journal, Sabattus Representative Stephen J. Wood relayed negative inferences he drew from observing a shopper who used a “government-issued benefit card” to pay for her groceries.  This tale is reminiscent of the “welfare queen” story Ronald Reagan often told on the campaign trail.  “Based on his experience,” the article states, “Wood has proposed legislation, LD … Read the rest

Governor LePage Gets an Ear Full

January 21, 2011 by

Yesterday afternoon I joined more than 500 Maine people at an environmental “roundtable” with Governor Paul LePage at the Augusta Civic Center.  MECEP cosponsored the event, organized by our partner organization, the Natural Resources Council of Maine

One of the first of 28 invited speakers was Olympic marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson.   Joan estimates that she has run more than 150,000 miles in Maine, along with countless … Read the rest

Affordable Care Act in the Maine Media

January 11, 2011 by

In a 1/6/2011 editorial entitled “Affordable Care Act needs a label that shows its advantages,” Biddeford Journal Tribune editorial writer Nick Cowenhoven writes “the legislation may need some work, but it has already barred insurance companies from rescinding coverage when patients become sick, and from setting maximum dollar limits on coverage benefits. Young people can remain covered by their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26, and those caught by … Read the rest

Insuring a Healthy Future

January 6, 2011 by

“Where health care is concerned, what appears to be the simple solution because it saves money in the short run isn’t always best or most cost-efficient over time,” MECEP’s Associate Director Garrett Martin cautions in his latest column in MaineBiz: Insuring a Healthy Future.

Martin analyzes the downside of proposed abolishment of the Dirigo Health Agency, allowing individuals to purchase insurance out-of-state, and challenging the Affordable Care Act … Read the rest